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joohan
joohan
There’s this one episode with hospital lockdown and missing baby when Cuddy has her “House” moment by diagnosing a nurse with pilomotor seizure...but yes, most of the times she has to play it safe as a diagnostic antithesis to House.
joohan
joohan
House, on the other hand, messes up sometimes, too, like with the girl who died from bra-scratch staphylococcus infection or that psychiatrist in Antarctica with a broken toe throwing emboli. A proper, simple head to toe examination...
ak24alive
ak24alive
@joohan to be fair Foreman more than House messed up in that Staph infection case. But yeah it's true that he messes up sometimes.
ak24alive
ak24alive
Also the psychiatrist with the broken toe couldn't remove the sock because of the cold weather. There was no reason to assume that she had a broken bone throwing emboli coz they hadn't ruled out other things first.
Red Rick
Red Rick
Obviously House always being right would be bad writing. But Cuddy is useless diagnosing hard to diagnose patients almost every time. The only reason her character is there is to have an explantion why House still has a job and to be somebody House can abuse.
ak24alive
ak24alive
The biggest problem I have with House is his reluctance to meet a patient. I know that it's a part of his character and he believes that he shouldn't meet them to stay objective but the guy's a genius. He really sees symptoms.
ak24alive
ak24alive
In many episodes when he can't figure the diagnosis out he visits the patient eventually and only by looking at them he finds out what's wrong with them. And if he did that earlier it would save them a lot of time and money. I know that it's the way their show works and if House will visit them early in the show he might end up diagnosing them.
ak24alive
ak24alive
But not doing that insults the viewer's intelligence. They should have found a better way which is equally good and logical too.
joohan
joohan
Not sure about medical faculties in US but in Europe, physical examination along with proper anamnesis (everybody lies, of course) is a cornerstone of diagnosis, essential and non negotiable. If House doesn’t want to speak/touch his patients then his understudies should do it for him.
ak24alive
ak24alive
Well now is when the TV show card comes in play. For dramatic purposes they have to sacrifice some logic here and there. But you are totally right about physical examination. Still I take pride in the fact that they try to make it as intelligent as possible without making it boring.
joohan
joohan
That’s why Foreman’s error with the bra lady is Houses error, too, as he’s his mentor. The Antarctica case is even more curious. If it’s warm enough to undress into your undies, it’s warm enough to take your socks off for 5 minutes.

House is literally a Sherlock Holmes of medicine (221B apartment...) but some cases would be better off with less geniality and more hands-on medical approach.
joohan
joohan
Great show for sure, that’s why I’ve watched it two times (so far...). Too bad Netflix took it off in my country, I’ll have to buy it on DVDs or something.
ak24alive
ak24alive
Absolutely agreed. I also noticed that as the seasons progressed the quality of the diagnosis suffered to the point that it became silly and illogical. In the 5-8 seasons they focused more on the feelings and drama of the characters(docs and patients alike) rather than the medicine.
ak24alive
ak24alive
Sometimes they would run stupid theories that fit nothing and at the end House would simply have an epiphany and he would solve the case in last 5 minutes of the episode. Medically the peak was in Season 2. Especially the second half of it. Each and every episode had some medical mystery to solve and all their moves were logical.
ak24alive
ak24alive
Have it on my laptop. Watching it for the 3rd time now. 2nd time in a row lol.
joohan
joohan
For me it kinda goes fast downhill after House ends up at a psychiatric ward (even though those early episodes of season 6 are quite good). First two season are really exceptional.
Red Rick
Red Rick
I think the coolest thing is that the epiphany is usually based on a piece of non medical information

But as a biomed student, I never really watched it for the medicine, but rather for the characters.
joohan
joohan
It’s a great show to binge watch as you don’t need to pay attention all the time as the structure of the plot is almost always the same, i.e. what happens when (same goes for a show like Elementary). Houses interaction with the world is what makes it so entertaining (and sometimes hard to watch). I like Laurie’s musicality, too.
ak24alive
ak24alive
Yes it takes a few bad turns. First it at the beginning of the fourth season when he starts hiring the new team. That season is only saved by the last 2 episodes(House's head and Wilson's heart) and the beauty of Olivia Wilde. It becomes dull at various points in the 6th, 7th and 8th season when it was over reliant on Hugh Laurie's brilliance.
ak24alive
ak24alive
I have to agree with Rick here that the characters are so well developed and nurtured by the writers. House is the best characters for me ever. He is so complex, so outrageous and so lovable at the same time. He is simply so relatable. And Wilson is a charm. There isn't a single character that I dislike TBH.
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